Equity and Social Justice

Leveling the opportunity playing field and working to right persistent wrongs. 

Despite significant progress over the last several decades, Equity and Social Justice issues stemming from unequal treatment and disparate access to resources and power undermine individual and community opportunity and progress.  

NCG partners with our member colleagues and other organizations working to advance social justice and foster opportunities to collectively address issues of race, gender and equity in our community. Through our combined efforts we help philanthropy, government and business and other stakeholders access tools and resources to advance social justice. Examples include:



Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 8:30am

NCG members have the benefit of attending Southern California Grantmakers' conference for FREE! 

Family foundations have always played a key role in philanthropy, with their focus on strong grantee and community relationships and ability to respond nimbly. Now, family philanthropy is poised to both broaden and deepen its impact as the number of family foundations continues to grow. The question is, how can we make the most of our unique strengths and opportunities?

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 10:00am

The City of Stockton, California, has experienced a sea change around the new confluence of community leadership, innovation, and political will to address what many thought were intractable issues. 

Please join us for a full-day funders convening and Reinvention Tour in Stockton, where you will immerse yourself in the community at the street level and learn about transformative initiatives including the Stockton Scholars college promise scholarship initiative, the much-publicized Universal Basic Income pilot program, the South Stockton Promise Zone collective impact collaborative, the recently approved Advance Peace initiative to address community violence and trauma, and other community initiatives and organizations addressing the cradle-to-career continuum. You will encounter dynamic partnerships between community organizations, civic institutions, and public officials that are leveraging community impact strategies to rectify decades of underinvestment and neglect. This is a pivotal moment for Stockton, and we invite you to be a partner. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 9:30am

Join Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) and our co-sponsors for a special funders’ briefing on efforts to support immigrant and refugee students in California through a collaboration between Californians Together, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and GCIR. This year-long partnership sought to identify and curate key resources for school administrators and educators; develop grade-specific classroom training curricula; and engage a wide range of stakeholders—including funders—to advance protective and culturally relevant policies and practices for the long term. Participants will hear directly from school officials who are actively seeking to address the needs of immigrant and refugee students and families, as well as aligned efforts to advance a coordinated statewide approach to serving this population.


On May 14, we brought together digital, policy, and philanthropic experts to address threats to a functioning democracy, the concrete ways to protect election integrity in the United States and around the world, and the role of funders. We met at at the Hewlett Foundation, which recently pledged $10 million to study social media and digital disinformation.

On May 18th, Senator Richard Pan, Chair of the Senate’s Select Committee on the Census, and Assemblymember Marc Berman, Chair of the Assembly’s Select Committee on the Census, joined NCG members for lunch and had a conversation of how to best leverage our philanthropic investments to ensure a complete and accurate count of all people in California on the Census 2020.  

This report presents new data and analyses that illustrate how rising rents and stagnant incomes are straining household budgets and stifling opportunity in the nine-county Bay Area, jeopardizing the region’s diversity, growth, and prosperity.

On April 16th, 2018, we hosted our 2018 NCG Annual Conference, the largest gathering of the philanthropic community in Northern California.This year’s conference, Together for Good, featured lead thinkers on the critical issues of our time, such as the role of media in upholding democracy, overcoming social inequality, and advancing narrative change. We dug deep into how philanthropy can – and must – bring to bear not only financialresources, but also our collective leadership, voice, action and empathy to really move the ball. 

In a March 15th program, we learned about a new initiative, RACE COUNTS, which presents a comprehensive online tracking tool (www.RACECOUNTS.org) that ranks all 58 counties by seven key issue areas and provides a roadmap for community leaders to focus their efforts. This program presented RACE COUNTS key findings about the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. Panelists included the community organizers who helped to co-create RACE COUNTS and who will use it to guide their organizing, as well as grantmakers who invested early in the project. 


Thursday, May 10, 2018

The City of Stockton is an example of the resilience and hope that make California a great state.  It is a city known for its diversity and also for its challenges, such as when it filed for bankruptcy in 2011. But like the Phoenix of Greek mythology, Stockton is rebuilding itself as a city committed to setting the pace for how great cities will be governed in the future and what they will do to attract and care for their residents. The city’s extraordinary turnaround is being recognized.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

NCG President and CEO, Ellen LaPointe, interviewed our Senior Fellow, Pam David, on her next play in philanthropy and baseball.

Monday, April 9, 2018

We are pleased to announce that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will give the opening remarks at NCG’s Annual Conference next Monday on the question...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Our state is great because of the strength we draw from our diversity, including the 10 million immigrants who live here. Immigrants and their families are our classmates and colleagues, our neighbors, and family members. No matter where someone comes from and regardless of citizenship status, we are stronger when we work together, find new ways to deal with old challenges, and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Mayor Michael Tubbs recently spoke with NCG in preparation for an upcoming Stockton Reinvention Tour for funders. Mayor Tubbs was elected in 2016 in a landslide victory with 70% of the vote. Since then, Stockton has become the second most fiscally-healthy city in the state and has innovated new programs like a basic universal income pilot, which guarantees a monthly income of $500 to a segment of Stockton residents, and Advance Peace, which is a gun violence prevention program that pays those most likely to commit gun-related crimes.